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Postby CeeLoGreen » Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:23 am

I had the first pick in my big money league and went with A-Rod. As a Yankee fan I would rather root for him than Pujos. Plus, when ARod does crank 8 RBIs in a game, half of me would be sad.

Anyways. What are some draft strategies when it is your turn to make consecutive picks. Would you go for pitching or a couple of second tier hitters. All the elite players are gone.

I decided to go with pitching and got Carpenter and Peavy at picks 22 and 23 (11 team league).

Just wanted some thoughts.

Here's how my draft went down

10 team roto (Runs, HRs, RBIs, SB, AVG, Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA, WHIP)

Round drafted in parenthesis

C - Ivan Rodriguez (13)
1B - T. Helton (7)
2B - M. Giles (9)
SS - C. Barmes (16)
3B - A. Rodriguez (1)
OF - H. Matsui (5)
OF - G. Sizemore (4)
OF - J. Gomes (14)
UT - B. Giles (15)
UT - K. Mench (17)
BN - P. Fielder (19)
BN - B. Hall (22)

SP - C. Carpenter (2)
SP - J. Peavy (3)
SP - F. Garcia (8)
RP - T. Hoffman (6)
RP - T. Gordon (10)
P - S. Shields (20)
P - D. Baez (21)
P - M. Mulder (11)
BN - A. Burnett (12)
BN - M. Clement (18)

Note: I have since dropped D. Baez and B. Hall for D. Johnson and J. Devine

Any comment or criticism on my draft strategy would be appreciated
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Postby RugbyD » Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:39 am

7 pitchers in the 1st 11 rounds was a mistake.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:02 am

I like the OF choices and Helton, as I suspect Helton will return to form at least this year and put up first tier #s and the OF are also good bats across the board. They MIGHT generate enough thump to get away with the P choices.

I think that Giles and Barmes will keep you on pins and needles though. Good luck!! ;-D
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Postby dannahann » Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:06 am

I think it's a mistake to draft so much pitching so soon. That said, I don't think you can use this draft as an indication of what one might expect using your strategy. Your league did you tons of favors here. Normally one's hitting would be much MUCH worse, following your strategy. A few examples that leap out at me:
You lucked out bigtime in the infield getting Helton on pick 67, MGiles on 89 and Barmes on 176. To top that off Gomes and BGiles slid into the mid 150's Mench to 177 and Prince Fielder to pick 199??? I mean you were taking the pitching right? Who were the other 10 owners drafting, even worse pitching? Theoretically they should've been decimating your offensive draft options, but IMO they drafted MUCH weaker than most of us could expect.
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Postby chadlincoln » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:17 am

Helton at pick 7??? 8-o 8-o
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:50 am

chadlincoln wrote:Helton at pick 7??? 8-o 8-o

7th round
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Postby Tramplers » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:54 am

chadlincoln wrote:
Helton at pick 7???

7th round

That's even more amazing to me.
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:18 am

My god. How did you restrain yourself from jumping on him in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds? 8-o 8-o 8-o

As for using book-end picks, one fun thing to do is wait until like the 4th/5th round if mo rivera is the only RP who's been taken and grab Lidge/K-Rod. Then watch the other managers scramble for RPs. :-) Alternatively, take two OFs or two power-hitting 1Bs or 3Bs consecutively. Generally, the only difference when drafting bookend picks is that you have a little more control over position scarcity, since you can make two players disappear without anyone else getting a word in. I think the best way to go about things in a normal draft, though, is to just treat it regularly, taking what you need when you need it.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:24 pm

Yeah, I'd still just draft for value in that situation. I've actually had a couple drafts this year where I had bookends or close to bookends. Let me dig the one up real quick...

Here's wasn't was #2 pick in a 12 team:

Those were the best value guys out there at each pick but I still got a chuckle out of throwing the top two SP's on the list out there almost back-to-back. :D
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Postby Ender » Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:29 pm

I got 1st pick in our deep roster 14 team draft and I took Pujols, on the way back I got Hafner and A. Ramirez so I was pretty happy. With the deep roster I went with Pujols since there isn't much 1B talent on the waiver wire at the end of the draft so I don't consider position scarcity to be a big deal, in a shallow draft I think I'd take ARod.
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